By SBI SOCCER
Mexico may have one less veteran defender to call in for the CONCACAF Cup, as the injury bug continues to affect players from El Tri.
After Andres Guardado was officially ruled out of the Confederations Cup playoff tie against the U.S. Men’s National Team early Monday, Rafael Marquez suffered an injury against Atalanta over the weekend and may be in serious doubt to miss the October 10 clash.
Hellas Verona head coach Andrea Mandorlini said he will miss the team’s upcoming game, and while he did not reveal what injury is bothering the 36-year-old defender, Univision speculates it is a muscle problem in his right leg.
Marquez was called in by El Tri interim manager Ricardo Ferretti for the country’s September friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago and Argentina. He started in the team’s 2-2 draw with Lionel Messi and company, but he was substituted off before Messi equalized with minutes to spare.
Marquez played an important role for El Tri early in the summer when he captained his country at the Copa America in Chile, but he missed out on the team’s Gold Cup triumph.
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